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Loughborough Gets ICC Accreditation

Loughborough's National Cricket Centre
Loughborough's National Cricket Centre is the fourth ICC-accredited venue for testing bowlers' actions
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Loughborough's National Cricket Centre has become the fourth venue in the world to earn International Cricket Counc (ICC) accreditation as a test centre for bowlers with suspected illegal actions.

The venue joins Brisbane's National Cricket Centre, Cardiff's Metropolitan University and Chennai's Sri Ramachandra University, which were all accredited last month.

All ICC-accredited centres require an indoor area large enough to allow a player to bowl off their full run-up, a motion analysis system with at least 12 high speed cameras capable of producing 3D data and suitable personnel who are experienced in using these systems and implementing the ICC testing protocol.

"We are pleased to announce the accreditation of National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University, the latest centre to assist in the management of the issue of illegal bowling actions in cricket," Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager - Cricket, said.

"This strengthens the ICC’s ongoing commitment to eradicating illegal bowling actions and we look forward to continuing the good work that has been done."

A marked increase in policing bowling actions this year has seen Kane Williamson, Sachithra Senanayake, Saeed Ajmal, Sohag Gazi and Prosper Utseya all reported and subsequently banned for bowling with an illegal action.

Sunil Narine was reported twice during the Champions League T20 and travelled to the newly accredited test centre in Chennai to have his action assessed.

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